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Some families counting blessings after Hart fire spared homes

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LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. -

The Hart Fire is continuing to burn in Lincoln County near Davenport. The latest from officials is that it’s 20 percent contained after burning 4,200 acres.

With an estimate of up to 15 structures lost in this fire, some families are counting their blessings.

Diane Ritzman never thought she’d see her animals again.

“I left the ducks, the chickens, I didn’t even lock the house,” she says.

That’s because sheriff’s deputies came knocking at her door and told her to leave immediately as the Hart fire quickly approached her home Sunday. She was by herself. Her husband, Bob, was a on a business trip.

But when Bob and Diane went back home, they found the sheds, a chicken, a trailer, and a tractor were destroyed in the flames.

Even so, “it was a miracle. I thought everything was going to be gone. I really did,” Diane says.

That’s because they live on 23 acres of land and there was a ring of fire around their property. Firefighters somehow saved their home. And as Diane tried to thank them, she became emotional.

“I just can’t believe the firefighters…the courageous firefighters. We stopped by them, filthy dirty and tired, and still working. You know?” she says, her voice breaking.

Her husband agrees and also wants to thank the community for supporting his wife through it all, by offering food and a place to stay.

“It is a really good place to live. Good people. And this is an example of it,” Bob says.

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